Event Details

Early Career Principals' Workshop

  • 08 Oct 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • TIES Education Center, 1644 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul MN 55108 - HAMLINE ROOM


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Join us for an empowering day of learning and collaboration at MESPA's 2nd annual workshop designed BY early career principals, FOR early career principals!

Workshop content
This workshop is collaborative, interactive and driven by your needs. We will meet you where you are at. In this workshop, you will work with other early career principals to:

  • Reflect on your first few years (or months!) and design a plan to move forward
  • Problem-solve with colleagues using real-world scenarios from your school
  • Learn about school law and get your questions answered by Roger Aronson, renowned school law extraordinaire
  • Gain tangible strategies and tools that have worked for other principals
  • Gain a supportive network of colleagues to contact with questions, and who will contact you periodically to check in
  • Participate in an unconference where you guide your own learning
  • Receive access to a Google folder filled with resources from experienced principals
  • Have fun! Play games, meet other early career principals, and more!
  • Earn 7 Admin CEUs for attending

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Workshop goals
This workshop is a safe space for newer principals to ask questions and problem solve in a collaborative environment. Participants will leave feeling supported and equipped with tangible resources to continue the work at hand. You'll get a chance to ask those tough "What do I do when..." or "How should I go about..." questions in a safe and supportive space.

Who can attend?
All new and early career Elementary and Middle-level principals are encouraged to attend! "Early career" is purposefully left open-ended -- if this workshop description resonates with you at any level of your career, then you are welcome to attend!

Our Design Team
This workshop is member-led! We have a fabulous group of early career principals who are working to design this workshop to meet your needs!

  • Principal Bret Domstrand @BretDom of Lake Marion Elementary, Lakeville Schools (4 years)
  • Principal Chreese Jones @ChreeseJones of The Heights Community School, St. Paul Public Schools (3 years)
  • Principal Gina Meinertz @GMeinertz of Caledonia Elementary, Caledonia Schools (4 years)
  • Principal Toni Baartman @ToniJoStamer of Pipestone Area Schools 
  • Principal Chris Bjerklie @ChrisBjerklie of Red Lake Falls Schools. 
PLUS Get 50% off a 21CSO workshop!
We want you to feel totally empowered and ready to be successful in your building. Register for ECP, and you'll also receive 50% off a registration to one of MESPA's 21st Century School Office workshop -- attend with your secretary for just $75 and get ready to build the best school office team imaginable! Read more about 21CSO at mespa.net/PD.

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

Hotel Accommodations - Twin Cities events

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville. For reservations, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MESPA rate - $113 a night! 

MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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Roseville, Minnesota, 55113

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